December 7, 2007

The Mitt Romney Betrayal Collection

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:41 pm

- Dec. 7 — (Re-Posted) The Paragraph from ‘The Speech’ That Should Sink Mitt Romney
- Dec. 6 — The Paragraph from ‘The Speech’ That Should Sink Mitt Romney
- Dec. 6 — The NY Times’s Accidental Journalism Reveals the Full Scope of Mitt Romney’s Same-Sex Marriage Deception, and His Unfitness to Be President
- Dec. 5 — The Romney Same-Sex Marriage Deception Boiled Down
- Dec. 4 — Romney to Roll Out ‘The Speech,’ As He Questions His Own Timing
- Dec. 3 — Catch of the Day the Week Maybe the Month: Hugh Hewitt in Nov. 2003, on Goodridge and How Romney Should React
- Dec. 2 — Quote of the Day: Dean Barnett on the Need for Romney Explanations (with Index, Links, and Cliff’s Notes for ‘Romney, the Courts, and the Constitutions’ Posts)
- Nov. 29 — Quote of the Day: Gregg Jackson on Mitt Romney (with Index, Links, and Cliff’s Notes for ‘Romney, the Courts, and the Constitutions’ Posts)
- Nov. 27 — Mitt Romney ROTFLMBO Howlers of the Day (with Index and Links to Previous Posts)
- Romney, the Courts, and the Constitutions: Nov. 26 – Index to Posts; Nov. 25 – Part 5 — The Next President and the Courts; Nov. 24 – Part 4 — What’s Beck Got to Do with It?; Nov. 23 – Part 3 — Various Excerpts, Statements, and Comments; Nov. 21 – Part 2 — Mitt Romney and Same-Sex Marriage; Nov. 21 – Part 1 — Abortion Coverage in RomneyCare

UPDATE: Click on “more,” if you’re on the home page, to see the “Cliff’s Notes” version of the Romney betrayals detailed at the “Romney, the Courts, and the Constitutions” posts.

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The Paragraph from ‘The Speech’ That Should Sink Mitt Romney (Copied Forward from Yesterday)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:25 pm

NOTE: The content posted here needs more visibility than the original received because of its late-night timing — hence the re-posting below.

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The Paragraph from ‘The Speech’ That Should Sink Mitt Romney

I think ‘someone’ is rattled. He — no, they — should be.

Here is the last multi-sentence paragraph from my post yesterday afternoon (bold was in original; italics added now):

I don’t care about what Romney has said, in isolation. I do care about what Romney has done, in comparison to what he has said. What he has consciously, proactively, and cynically done to break the oath he swore to the people of Massachusetts, and before God, while pretending now to be a warrior against the very thing he put into place, makes him objectively unfit to serve as president.

Here is Mitt Romney’s biggest cheerleader (original design by Weapons of Mass Discussion):

Mitt WMD

Here is part of what Mitt Romney’s biggest cheerleader posted a mere three hours later (HT Allah at Hot Air):

Romney’s –Objectively– Great, Great Day

Mitt Romney threw a long ball today and scored. There can be no objective argument against that conclusion.

….. Here are seven of the most influential conservative commentators in the U.S., and their opinions on the Romney success are all aligned with mine. Thus, objectively, the speech cannot be judged as other than an extraordinary success for Romney.

Coincidences?

There’s only one problem. My “objectively unfit” reference relates to Mitt Romney’s objectively inarguable violation of his state’s constitution — the one he swore to uphold before the people of Massachusetts and before God.

Mitt Romney’s biggest cheerleader’s “objective” references, however, are subjective judgments on the success of what many believe was a well-delivered oration.

Perhaps “The Speech” was well-delivered (full transcript here). I’m not going to judge that.

But it was also damning — perhaps fatally so.

This paragraph from “The Speech,” if and when the enormity of what Mitt Romney did in Massachusetts is ever fully understood, should — no, must — end his candidacy (bold, obviously, is mine):

“As a young man, Lincoln described what he called America’s ‘political 
religion’ – the commitment to defend the rule of law and the 
Constitution. When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of 
office, that oath becomes my highest promise to God. If I am fortunate
 to become your president, I will serve no one religion, no one group, no
 one cause, and no one interest. A President must serve only the common 
cause of the people of the United States.”

Strong stuff.

But Mitt Romney swore this oath on January 2, 2003 when he assumed the governorship of the state known as The Cradle of Liberty:

“I, (Mitt Romney), do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and will support the constitution thereof. So help me God.”

Mitt Romney objectively violated that oath by ignoring the John Adams-authored constraints of the state’s constitution when he extra-constitutionally and unilaterally imposed same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. In doing so, now in his own words, he failed to “defend the rule of law and the 
Constitution,” and violated his “highest promise to God.”

As noted in yesterday afternoon’s post, this is not arguable.

The extra-constitutional handling of the same-sex marriage ruling is part of a much deeper pattern. There are at least several other examples, some of which are referred to in the Sandy Rios-John Haskins interview excerpts here, of Mitt Romney’s blatant disregard for the rule of law and the constitution he swore to uphold. Others can be found at MassResistance.org’s “The Mitt Romney Deception” collection. I wouldn’t mind elaborating on these other examples further if necessary. But what is covered here and in yesterday afternoon’s post is more than enough for any person with an understanding of the rule of law, the Massachusetts constitution, and the actual facts and circumstances, to conclude that Mitt Romney is objectively unfit to serve as president.

I want to thank Mitt Romney for reminding America today of his solemn obligations. All that remains is for America to know how he failed to keep them.

This would explain why Mitt Romney’s biggest cheerleader, who once would have likely stated his agreement as to Romney’s violation of his oath (not that his agreement or disagreement objectively matters), appears to be quite rattled.

He should be.

And so should his favored candidate.

The November Employment Numbers

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:45 am

8:25 a.m.

After the four significant good-news items earlier this week, one would think that a strong Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) might quiet “The Recession is coming, The Recession Is Coming” chorus.

Of “chorus” I know better.

Advance predictions are running as follows:

  • CNN Money — “Economists surveyed by Briefing.com expect employers added 70,000 jobs last month, down from 166,000 in October.”
  • CNBC has the same Briefing.com prediction, but includes this quote — “‘The ADP employment index has generally undershot the official payrolls number, thus indicating the possibility of a number in excess of 200,000 today,’ ING Bank analyst James Knightley said in a research note.” ADP came in with an estimate of 189,000 jobs added on Wednesday.
  • Here’s what AP has — “Economists polled by Thomson Financial predict unemployment rose to 4.8 percent from 4.7 percent in the previous month, and that payrolls grew by 100,000 compared to 166,000 in October.”

8:30 a.m.

Here it is:

Nonfarm payroll employment continued to trend up in November (94,000), and the unemployment rate held at 4.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Job growth continued in professional and technical services, health care, and food services. Employment continued to decline in manufacturing and also fell in several housing-related industries, including construction, credit intermediation, and real estate. Average hourly earnings rose by 8 cents over the month.

8:40 a.m.

Looking a bit deeper:

  • October’s job additions were revised up by 4,000 to 170,000, while September’s was revised downward significantly by 52K, from 96K to 44K.
  • The overall net additional people working in November compared to October was 46,000 (94 + 4 – 52). That’s not particularly impressive, but the next item is.
  • The Household numbers that are used as the basis for calculating the unemployment rate showed 617,000 more people looking for work; 696,000 additional people holding jobs; and a 78,000 reduction in the number of unemployed. Though BLS would surely caution against this, it’s hard to ignore the fact that November’s unrounded unemployment rate of 4.657% is .07% lower than last month’s 4.727%, and only 13,000 fewer unemployed away from an official lowering to 4.6%.

More to come.

9:30 a.m.

So will the Associated Press cover the fact that the unemployment rate “defied expectations” by staying at 4.7%, or will it focus how the 94,000-job increase in November was slightly below its 100,000 expectation?

Well, in reading the AP’s 9:09 a.m. report, one can’t help but think that it was hoping for worse news than arrived. After spending five paragraphs relaying the news, it began hitting us with negative commentary that almost had to have been drafted in advance (scare words bolded):

Still, a lingering fear among economists is that consumers will cut back on their spending, throwing the economy into a tailspin. The odds of a recession have grown this year, although Federal Reserve officials, the Bush administration and others are hopeful the country can avoid one.

Then, after brief foray into the good news about wage growth (up 0.5% in November, beating expectations of 0.3%), AP wrapped by going into four paragraphs that almost could have been written into a DNC press release (over-the-top negative words and phrases bolded by me):

The housing and mortgage markets have melted down. Home foreclosures have soared to record highs. Credit has dried up. Lenders have been forced out of business. Financial companies have wracked up billions of dollars worth of losses from bad subprime mortgage investments.

Against this backdrop, Wall Street has endured a fresh bout of turbulence in recent weeks.

Given these stresses, the economy, which logged its strongest growth in four years in the third quarter, is expected to slow to a pace of just 1.5 percent or less in the current October-to-December period.

Economic uncertainties are coloring peoples’ views of President Bush’s stewardship. His approval rating on the economy was just 36 percent in December, according to an AP-Ipsos poll. The meltdown in the housing and mortgage markets has raised dangers to the economy and created headaches for politicians. The mess has given Republicans and Democrats plenty of fodder to point blame at each other.

Remember that GDP prediction. I certainly will.

Credit has “dried up”? Not according to HSH Associates, which reported the following on December 5:

Applications Jump

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, the index of mortgage applications to purchase or refinance, increased by the most in more than three years. Applications increased 22.5% to 791.8. Refinancing rose 32% to 2761.3, while purchasing rose 15% to 464.3.

If (mortgage) credit has “dried up,” I would expect that all of these unfortunate applicants are wasting their time, and will be summarily turned down. You and I know that’s not true. So does AP.

9:30 segment cross-posted in modified form at NewsBusters.org.

Couldn’t Help But Notice (120707)

I’m estimating that Federal receipts during November, a traditionally very slow month for collections, will be up about 4% over last November, based on a reading of the month’s final Daily Treasury Statement:

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Pending next week’s release of the Monthly Treasury Statement, receipts during the first two months of Uncle Sam’s fiscal year are up just a bit more than 5%.

As Rudy Giuliani suggested earlier this week (first item at link), it’s time for another tax cut.

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I think it can safely be said thatRedacted” is a bomb for the ages:

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Matt Lauer’s treatment of Maureen Faulkner, the widow of slain Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, and of Michael Smerconish, who helped Mrs. Faulkner write “Murdered by Mumia,” was beyond disgraceful. The full transcript is here, if you dare.

Several years ago, I spent several hours studying the 1981 murder myself, and concluded, first, that there’s no doubt that Mumia did it, and second, that those who have made a cause out of Mumia are about as unhinged as anyone around.

Mrs. Faulkner was on Hannity’s show yesterday, and revealed that actor Mike Farrell, one of Mumia’s more outspoken supporters, had admitted to her that he has never read the original murder trial transcripts. Why am I not surprised?

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Wow. What a mess. Fortunately, handled mostly with class.

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“The Recession is coming, The Recession is coming” update:

Super Bowl XLII is nearly two months off, but only two of 63 30-second slots remain available, Fox has confirmed. In recent years, the number of available slots at this point has been two or three times that. And this year, Fox is charging a record $2.7 million for each 30-second slot.

That 2008 rate is up 3.8% from last February’s $2.6 million. Perhaps advertisers should be thankful for all the babble about recession, because it looks like Fox, as appears to be the case with Christmas-season retailers, may have bought into it, and could have charged more.

Positivity: Something About Hannah

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

What I remember most about Hannah Storm is her 1992 NBC Sports debut during an NFL game, after which Dick Enberg was moved to tell his audience how great that debut was (and I distinctly remember that it was absolutely flawless).

Many years and many accomplishments later, Storm is leaving her broadcasting gig on the CBS Morning Show, and perhaps broadcasting as a career, with a touching signoff (HT NewsBusters) at her blog:

Hi everybody! Thanks so much for all your well wishes and supportive comments. I sure will miss being with you every morning. I have thought often over the last week about how God’s plan is different from my own… and how important it is to embrace that.

Here’s one of my favorite prayers; I carry it around in my wallet:

My Mission of Serving

“God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission — I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow I am necessary for His purposes, as necessary in my place as an Archangel in His — if, indeed, I fail, He can raise another, as He could make the stones children of Abraham. Yet I have a part in this great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments and serve Him in my calling.

Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him. My sickness, or perplexity, or my sorrow be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life, He may shorten it; He knows what He is about; He may take away my friends, He may throw me among strangers, He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me-still He knows what He is about.

- Venerable Henry Newman

All the best in your journey, Hannah.